A day after a 15-year-old girl jumped to her death from a Mulund high-rise, the police on Sunday arrested three teenagers, one of them a girl, in connection with the suicide.
Police said that prima-facie investigations revealed that one of the accused was allegedly stalking the girl, Simran Keni, after she refused to enter into a relationship with him, while the other two had supported him in this cause.
“The girl’s parents have alleged that she was not keen on the relationship, but the trio was forcing her,” said Dr Vinay Rathod, deputy commissioner of police, zone 7.
The main accused has been identified as Sahil Hussain Shaikh, 18, while his accomplices have been identified as Kamlesh Vaishnav, 18, and a 15-year-old girl. All the accused live in Mulund (West). While Shaikh and Vaishnav are junior college students, the 15-year-old and Keni, the daughter of an auto rickshaw driver, are SSC students. The police will conduct an ossification (bone) test to verify the ages of Shaikh and Vaishnav.
Keni, a resident of Mulund Colony, was found dead a couple of kilometres away at Mahavir Apartments on Saturday evening. CCTV footage showed her entering the building. It also showed her jumping from the 12th floor of the building.
Keni’s parents approached the Mulund police when their daughter did not return for a long time. The police, who had by then sent wireless messages to identify the girl, informed them about the suicide of a teenager. The parents identified their daughter, following which the police started investigations.
The girl had the sentence ‘I hate you’ written on her hand along with a mobile number. Two digits of the number were not readable, but further investigations revealed it was Vaishnav’s number.
“Shaikh stalked Keni and used to contact her on the mobile phone. He also visited her residence, but she didn’t respond. Vaishnav and the other 15-year-old girl persuaded her to talk to Shaikh, claiming that he would commit suicide if she failed to respond,” said an officer from Mulund police station.
Shaikh and Vaishnav have been remanded in police custody till Tuesday while the girl has been sent to a remand home in Dongri. The police are investigating if there are more accused in the case. The Mulund police have registered a case under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 306 (abetment of suicide) and 34 (common intention).